Custom Bookcases with Carvings for a LotR Collection

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Now this is a treasure, preciouss! A Finland-based company built these amazing custom bookcases for a collection of figurines and other materials from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

FB Puustikki LotR Bookcases

Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

Many (if not all?) of the bookcases also have carved crowns. Here’s the Rohan one:

FB Puustikki LotR Bookcases Rohan

Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

There are also metal shields that function as handles. Behold Smaug:

FB Puustikki LotR Bookcases Dragon

Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

 

Puustikki talk about their project a bit on Facebook:

“Finally we’re able to publish photos of these custom made, epic showcases for LOTR and Hobbit figurine collection. Probably the biggest collection in Finland and now it’s also displayed in showcases it deserves! This whole thing is 100% handmade out of solid oak and we wanted to use glass doors to maximize visibility into the cases. Each one of the showcases has distinct features to corresponding races/nations; carvings on the top and a custom made steel handle.

“Height of these wooden marvels is 250cm, so they barely fit into a regular house! [sic]”

Puustikki is run by carpenter Jarkko Pilvinen and jeweler Juho Manninen. The makers pull their inspiration from history and historical fantasy. At this writing, their online store includes drinking horns, a picnic table and benches, beds, dragon pegboards, runed coasters, and jewelry, among others.

My goodness! Astounding, aren’t they? Stylistically, a lot of their other wares are not our style at all, but as a maker myself, I really admire and appreciate the consideration and effort that went into all of their designs.

Check out the Puustikki website or Instagram for more.

Images by Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Not Quite a Hobbit Location

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Last week, Husband and I did a daytrip to western Massachusetts. Traveling through Buckland, we flashed unexpectedly on Tolkien. As if the name wasn’t enough, the village of Shelburne Falls has bit of a Hobbity feel:

The gentle, wooded hills plus colorful, low houses seen across the river and the glorious blossoms on The Bridge of Flowers certainly made my Hobbit radar ping, even if the house styles aren’t quite right.

Alas, we didn’t find a Crickhollow nearby.

We Three Dwarven Kings & Happy Merry!

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Happy Holidays to one and all! I’ll close off this blogging year with an appropriately Dwarvish-sounding and utterly, delightfully nerdy version of the 19th century carol We Three Kings:

We Three Kings of the Lonely Mountain, performed by author Max Gladstone and biophysicist / musician (what a great combo of interests!) Dan Jordan.

Have a great new year!